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Servant leaders? Or Leading to be Served?

Repentance…we are all called to it. But it’s one of the hardest things to do. To repent means we have to admit what we have done wrong. And sadly, in the Christian church, there have been many wrongs that we don’t want to admit or see.

Recently, I’ve been reading the Roys Report, but it’s not easy reading. The Roys Report is investigative journalism (by Christian journalists) into the inner circles of well-known Christian businesses, as well as congregations and leaders, such as the recent Hillsong scandals, the alleged (and seemingly confirmed) misconduct of Ravi Zacharias, and the bully-ish behavior of leaders in some other mega-church congregations across the nation. I usually do my own extra research to make sure that the information I’m reading isn’t biased. Like I said, it’s not easy reading, but it is eye-opening and backs up what I’ve seen on a more local level.

In the past few years, one of my daughters experienced what it means to be in a church-based environment that seeks to protect the reputation of their leadership over protecting the spiritual welfare of their flock. And while I do not believe that mega-churches are inherently wrong, I do believe that getting to that point means that sometimes the leadership can put themselves in a position that is not healthy for the them or their congregation. People start turning a blind eye to the small things…even when something doesn’t feel “quite right”. That leads to spiritual blindness from both the congregation and the leadership. So unless the leadership constantly checks itself, a humble spirit can easily be replaced with ego and the idea that they are the only ones who have the answers. The leaders can then become more celebrity than servant.

Those in leadership are in a unique position that can easily shake hands with corruption and pride, if not kept in check. And if the leaders of churches or Christian based organizations lose their humility and repentant spirit…what then?

The church is supposed to be a safe-haven…a place for people to come and be healed; unfortunately, it has often become a place where people are harmed or feel like they have to leave their congregations to get healed. This is not new, but it is growing in frequency. People are afraid to speak up because they are worried about losing the family they have found in that congregation. Will there be repentance from the leaders and reconciliation? Or will the leaders simply cover up the problem at the expense of the members who have finally found the courage to speak up and speak out?

We, as Christians, must be willing to address the sin of spiritual abuse of authority in the church, just as much as we should address any instances of physical and sexual abuse. And as the church, we must be careful NOT to place pastors, worship leaders, or “popular” Christian business leaders on pedestals. Christ is the only one we should worship, not those who happen to be standing on the stage or writing the checks.

In the case I referenced earlier — I advised my daughter to go the senior pastors of her church and tell them about her concerns and the hurt she had experienced. I believed that the leadership would listen and model behavior that would help bring healing. Unfortunately, I was wrong. And this behavior was as harmful, if not more so, than the original issue with the other staff. She was not the only one who felt that there had been spiritual abuse in the discipleship ministry program she had been part — but I think she may have been one of the few to speak up. There are many fine people in that congregation who would be appalled and hurt to know what has happened. And there would be many who wouldn’t believe it. We don’t always want to see what is clearly in front of us.

If there is a lack of biblical leadership and love and/or signs of abuse of spiritual authority happening in your congregation, then there needs to be repentance and a reformation or change in leadership. We cannot, as the church of Christ, willfully place people in leadership positions who have charisma and “look the part” without first making sure that they have a heart for Jesus and his heart for others.

We are all called to be servant leaders, but the emphasis has to be on the SERVING part. Jesus washed people’s feet…and he laid down his life for us. Do we do the same? Or do we pull the rug out from others, causing them to stumble and fall? And when this is becoming more and more prominent in our leaders, there is a deep rooted problem in our church “culture”.

We have to lead by serving, not by insisting on having our own way. Otherwise, we will not be helping to heal the broken…we will be making a mockery of the Gospel and what Christ has called us to do. We must be willing to admit our failings and ask for God to heal those broken places.

As stated earlier, this definitely applies to all of us. I am not dressing down the church — I am part of the church body. But it doesn’t just apply to Christian congregations. If you claim to be a Christian based business, and your employees are leaving more hurt than they came in, how is that building the Kingdom of God? How is that any different than the way the world chews up employees and spits them out?

The church has to do better. The world is a messed up place…and from the looks of recent reports, it seems that the church has been part of the problem.

Jesus didn’t say that the world would know us by our fabulous worship songs.

He didn’t say that the world would know us by our books or blog posts.

And he didn’t say the world would know us by the charismatic sermons that we deliver.

NO.

He said that the world will know we are His disciples by our LOVE.

So how do we cast off the image we’ve created for ourselves and instead, remember that we are dressed in HIS righteousness alone? How do we get out of the way and get back to focusing on Jesus? How do we get back to the place of LOVE?

Repentance— it’s the u-turn God provides. It’s what we all need to get back to our calling in Christ.

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Acts 17:30 – “God overlooks it as long as you don’t know any better – but that time is past. The unknown is now known, and he’s calling for a radical life-change.

Romans 2:1-16

I John 1:8-9

Proverbs 28:13 You can’t whitewash your sins and get by with it; you find mercy by admitting and leaving them.

2 Timothy 2

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You can find the Roys Report for free online.

The most recent investigation is here: https://julieroys.com/ramseys-best-place-to-work-say-no-and-out/

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What do we do now?

What do we do now? That’s the question my mind.

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I read recently that those who claim to be Christians need to remember who we serve…and act like it. We are called to be Christ-like. We are called to serve. We are called to love. We are called to consider others with more importance than ourselves. (Phil 2:3)

We are called to use our freedom for good.

“For you, my brothers, were called to freedom; only do not let your freedom become an opportunity for the sinful nature (worldliness, selfishness), but through love serve and seek the best for one another.” Galatians 5:13

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“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, ensure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

If you visit the White House website, you’ll find this explanation of the First Amendment:

The First Amendment provides that Congress make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting its free exercise. It protects freedom of speech, the press, assembly, and the right to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

https://www.whitehouse.gov/about-the-white-house/the-constitution/

This brings me to the reason for my question…the riot at the Capitol.

The insurrection was carried out by many people from across the nation. But it was not a peaceful protest…it was a violent attack on our nation’s capitol.

It was an attack on freedom.

A portion of people who claimed to be “patriots” chose to try to destroy the very place that makes the laws that uphold their right to speak and peacefully protest. They stormed the capitol and turned “we the people” into “we the mob”. Many are being arrested and charged with federal crimes…and rightfully so.

This attack was not someone writing letters of disagreement to their congressman or airing their grievances from a podium at a community meeting. Instead, the crowd brought pipe bombs and Molotov cocktails. Some even came dressed in full tactical gear and with other props that could be used to hold people hostage.

This was not a group of people taking an intentional peaceful knee (as afforded them the right to do in the first amendment). No…this was an angry mob taking the capitol by intentional and violent force.

And they came prepared for violence.

This act of domestic terrorism led to five deaths, including the death of an officer who was trying to stop it.

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The Lord is not surprised by the events of last week.

Or the events of today.

He is not surprised by any of our selfish, sinful deeds.

And thus, I am again humbled by the fact that “God so loved the world…” and the fact that Jesus willingly laid down His life and picked it up again…for our eternal freedom.

So what do we do now?

We repent…while we still have the physical and spiritual freedom to do so.

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

2 Chronicles 7:14
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What if…

This is what I read today. It’s only three verses long…but packs a punch.

PSALM 131 (MSG)
A Pilgrim Song
1vGOD, I’m not trying to rule the roost,
I don’t want to be king of the mountain.
I haven’t meddled where I have no business
or fantasized grandiose plans.
2 I’ve kept my feet on the ground,
I’ve cultivated a quiet heart.
Like a baby content in its mother’s arms,
my soul is a baby content.
3 Wait, Israel, for GOD. Wait with hope.
Hope now; hope always!

After reading this, I’m chewing on these questions…

What if we stop trying to control everything?

What if we resist the urge to shove our way to the front of the line?

What if we step away from gossip and choose not to meddle in other people’s business?

What if we choose to focus on the gift of the present, instead of the uncertain future?

What if we uproot our dependence on self — and ground ourselves in God’s wisdom?

What if we let go of the chaos and let Him cultivate a quiet spirit in us?

What if we choose to be…content?

What if, like a child in her mother’s arms, we choose to be completely reliant on God’s provision and promises?

What if we wait with hope…expectant, joyful, hope…even in the midst of the weird stuff swirling around in the world?

What if we choose hope over despair–today, tomorrow, and always?

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But those who wait for the Lord [who expect, look for, and hope in Him]
Will gain new strength and renew their power;
They will lift up their wings [and rise up close to God] like eagles [rising toward the sun];
They will run and not become weary,
They will walk and not grow tired.
– Isaiah 40:31 (AMP)

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Snough, Snough, or Snough? Context is Everything

“Bless you!” That’s what my husband said when I sneezed and coughed at the same time tonight.
A sneeze + a simultaneous cough = a snough.

If you pronounce “snough” as if it rhymes with “cough”, that’s how I pronounced it. It’s a made-up word, right? So why would anyone pronounce it any other way than how I mean for it to be pronounced?

Well, if you only look at the “ough” part of the word and have no context, “snough” can also rhyme with other “ough” words: through, though, and tough. (There’s also the strange word, hiccough, pronounced “hiccup”!)

The English language is weird…and context is everything.

Unfortunately, we don’t always look for context before we repeat something we’ve read, heard, or seen–and the topic is usually far more important than a made up word like “snough”. And even if there is context? It might be misleading, so we interpret it the best way we can…but still end up being wrong.

Too often we read something in the news, hear a snippet, or grab on to a headline that we have no (or little) context for…and start repeating it as the absolute truth.

We forward memes that we haven’t fact checked. We share videos or articles that only show part of the originally posted material. We promote inflammatory information, just for the sake of stirring the pot, whether we know it’s true or not.

This is one of the reasons why I have chosen not to share much political stuff on social media. No matter what I share, it can be taken out of context and shared in a way it wasn’t mean to be shared.

If I post an article on a certain policy or politician, some folks might assume that means that I agree with the policy or politician. On the other hand, others might think I disagree with the policy or politician – and start arguments. Without proper context, the reader will probably make the wrong assumption.

I have always been very opinionated; I still am. Matter of fact, I am probably more opinionated than I used to be. However, I’m also learning that if whatever I choose to share isn’t shared in the context of love, then what good does it do?

I don’t care how fabulous my message might be…or how noble my goal. If I don’t share it in love, it’s worthless.

If the context of my message is not soaked in love, why am I even putting it out into the world?

If I speak in the tongues[a] of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast,[b] but do not have love, I gain nothing. — I Corinthians 13: 1-3

Soaking something in love doesn’t mean you don’t share the hard things. But even the hardest of things can be received better when they are given in the right context. Medicine goes down much easier with a spoonful of sugar, right? So are words that are seasoned within the context of love.

So when I write things for social media (including this post), I better check the context.

And if it’s not soaked in LOVE (rhymes with dove (the bird), but not dove, past tense of dive), then I better think twice about posting.

Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. 16 From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.– Ephesians 4:15-16

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Stepping on my own toes

My teens and I were discussing how we, as Christians, should notbear false witness against our neighbors“. We’ve probably all messed up in that way…I know that I have. It is especially easy to do in today’s political climate and social media crazed lives. So — who is our neighbor?

That question has been asked before. When Jesus said to “love your neighbor as yourself”, someone responded by asking, “Who is our neighbor?”

In response, Jesus told the story of the good Samaritan. This was a HUGE deal because of the bad blood between the Jews and the Samaritans. (If you don’t know the story or history, here’s a good place to start: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+10%3A25-37&version=NIV)

Note, Jesus doesn’t say you have to like your neighbor, but he did command us to love them. And if we use the Samaritan story, then to “love someone as yourself” means that we are to show kindness, even if there is a deep chasm. We are to help heal the wounds that have been caused by other people. And one of the biggest things? Sometimes we have to be willing to put our own time and money on the line.

Let me be honest – that whole parable is hard for me and most people that I know. Yes, I believe we are supposed to live our lives by that command and the example of the Samaritan. But imagine if the person by the side of the road had been someone who had hurt the Samaritan’s child? Or ruined his reputation by lying? Or done any manner of ill will toward the Samaritan and the people he loved. If I put myself in his place, would I be as willing to “love my neighbor” with the same intention and obedience as the Samaritan did?

Back to the commandment about “bearing false witness” (i.e. lying). It doesn’t say, “Only tell the truth about the neighbors you like” or “the ones you have helped you.” It doesn’t say to “steer clear of bearing false witness…unless they deserve it.” Nope, it is clear that we are not to tell lies about any of our neighbors, whether we like them or not. This includes all politicians (even the ones you might despise) and really rich people who get their names thrown into conspiracy theories on a daily basis.

An essay on this very subject hit me hard (listed below). I don’t like to be told to repent… I don’t know anyone who does. That doesn’t negate the fact that I need to do it. Please note that the article I’ve listed is from several years ago, and though you might not agree with his political leaning, he doesn’t use it at as a crutch. If anything, he’s calling out everyone in his party. He references older memes, but the point is still the same. If you’d like to read it, here is the link: https://www.christianitytoday.com/edstetzer/2017/may/christians-repent-conspiracy-theory-fake-news.html

Here are some words from the article to consider: “When we bear false witness, we establish a reputation for blindly succumbing to unverifiable or groundless stories. How can we effectively witness when we have negligently borne false witness? How can we then claim to be the body of truth itself? When we spread conspiracy theories and fake news, we discredit ourselves, and we allow the gospel to be discredited as well.” (Ed Stetzer, Christianity Today)

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The Good, the Aggravated, and the Sheltered….

Shelter in place. It’s what we’ve been told to do. And for the most part, it’s been going okay.

But last night, I got aggravated because my teens and hubby were hogging the remote. And yeah… I complained a bit. I don’t usually care, but for whatever reason, it bothered me. It was just one of those “moments”.

We all have moments like that – and sometimes those moments can feel much bigger than they usually would, especially during this weird time we are all going through.

Then this morning, I remembered that Sean had smashed a house centipede crawling toward my side of the bed yesterday morning that I’m certain had targeted me for extermination.

And today, he set up my new hammock while I ran an essential errand. I had tried and tried to hang the hammock yesterday afternoon, but couldn’t seem to make it work right. Sean got it set up in a matter of minutes.

Let’s be real — If I wasn’t already smitten with him, I would be now.

The girls have been getting along (mostly) and finding that being “still” isn’t a bad thing. They are working through the grief of missing out on things they’ve been looking forward to for years – and doing their best to find the joy in the every day things. (Some days are better than others!) Zoe and Casey continue to have Bible Study with their youth group via online meetings and also online game days. And many days are spent in their hammocks…just hanging out together. That makes this mama’s heart happy!

I’m thankful for Zoom, FB messenger, text, and for the ability to watch Acorn TV and Britbox 🙂 I am thankful for telephones that allow me to talk to my loved ones every day – several times a day!

And I am super, super, SUPER thankful that we are together and safe with a roof over out heads, food in the pantry, and that all of us are healthy.

There are days that none of us are easy to live with and get aggravated about the small things– but we get past them. They aren’t worth lingering on because we have been given another day — another opportunity, to do life together.

God is good – all the time. And in moments like these, He shows us love in big and small ways…through the arms and hands of the folks around us. And that is what I want to remember, long after our “shelter in place” orders are lifted.

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Adding Some Joy

Okay, y’all… in an effort to support local bookstores and bring a little joy into the lives of my fellow humans, I’ve decided to buy a few books from Main Street Books — Davidson, NC, then give them away ! (Bought and shipped via their ONLINE STORE!)

What do you have to do to have a chance to win a book from the list below?

Just leave a comment on my facebook post telling me you’d like to be added to the giveaway. That’s it!

On April 15th, I’ll put all the names into a random name picker Yes, that actually exists! Once the names are chosen, I will announce the winners before I go to bed. Fair warning, that could be anywhere between 10pm and 2am. 🙂

The names of the books you can win are:

1. The Rabbit Listened by Cori Doerrfeld
2. A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip C Stead and illustrated by Erin E Stead
3. Going Down Home with Daddy by Kelly Starling Lyons and illustrated by Daniel Minter
4. CAVE DADA by Brandon Reese! (This is a brand new book, y’all!)

I will wait to buy them until April 15 so I will know where to have them shipped. If for some reason, the bookstore I’ve chosen is unable to fill the order, I will find another local bookstore to order the books.

To recap:
1. If you want to be in the giveaway, let me know in the comments on the post here: https://www.facebook.com/writerEarnhardt/

2. The drawing for winners will take place on April 15.

3. There will be four winners. Each will receive one book from the list.

3. Easy-peasy… so what are you waiting on? 🙂

P.S. This is the first round of giveaways. I hope to do two more over the course of the next six months. The next batch of books will include Brown Baby Lullaby by Tameka Fryer Brown, God’s Blessings of Fall by Jean Matthew Hall and one more TBA!

 

p.s.s. I can only afford to ship to the US, y’all. Sorry!

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Loving our Neighbors

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I saw this on the pavement yesterday leaving Food Lion.

I stopped and stared, then took a pic. I’ve been thinking about it since then. That singular face mask represents so much to me and yet it’s too much for me to unpack. So here is just a little of what’s swirling in my brain…

I was there buying groceries that we needed…but not toilet paper. Why? I didn’t need any because my mama had shared some with us. A act of kindness and love that has continued to bless us in more ways than I can say. Toilet paper…something simple that I take for granted on a daily basis.

But there is nothing simple about what our world is going through right now. The impact on families (physical, financial, spiritual) weighs heavily on my heart. I hurt for the world knowing the damage that has already been done. People have died and are dying. Families have had their jobs cut until further notice. They can’t just “run to the store” for a few things…and even if they do, the shelves are mostly bare.

And yet I see some people making fun of others who are fearful. Why? Why do we, as a society, attack those who are already feeling vulnerable? (I have more to say on that, but that’s a post for another day!) Many who make fun of those who are struggling with fear are the ones who act as if they are invincible. To do so is foolish. It doesn’t matter what age you are, disease is not a respecter of persons.

This is clearly not a situation to be treated flippantly.

And still…in the midst of the craziness around us…I have hope and faith that there will be “joy in the morning”. That we will have a greater sense of brotherhood and community, reaching out to help our neighbor…and that we will understand that everyone is our neighbor. I hold onto the hope that there will be healing and gratefulness for our jobs, families, and food on the tables. That we will appreciate the “mundane” side of life and understand that it is a luxury…and that we will “love our neighbors as ourselves”.

Through it all, I have to trust that God can bring beauty from the ashes…and He will. And as we wait, I pray that we share hope and walk in love. And yes, that might even come in the form of sharing our rolls of toilet paper. (Thank you, Mama…we love you!)

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Risky Business: The Currency of Love

Jan 9, 2020.

“We love because he first loved us. Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister.” – 1 John 4:19-22

As a follower of Christ, Love is supposed to be my currency. Loving God and others should be THE most important thing I do — but it will also be the hardest thing that I do. If it was easy, there wouldn’t be so many scriptures and sermons about it, would there? We don’t hear sermons on breathing. It’s just assumed that we’ll do it naturally. But loving as God loves us? Putting others above ourselves? Even climbing a mountain might seem easier on some days.

Loving our fellow humans carries an inherent element of risk. It leaves us open for hurt. It leaves us open for rejection. Most people have an innate ability to love themselves, so why is it so hard to love others?

C.S. Lewis has this to say about it, ““To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket, safe, dark, motionless, airless, it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable.”
― C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves

Have you ever ridden a water-ride at an amusement park on a really hot day? I have – many times. And each time, I got drenched… sopping wet. Did I go hide in the car so no one could see me? Of course not. I kept walking around the park. And yes, water dripped from my hair and clothes, leaving evidence of my adventure wherever I walked or sat. Every once in a while, one of my kids would hug me.. then they would be wet, too. If we make the decision to allow our hearts and lives to drenched in the Love of Jesus — and refuse to hide ourselves away — imagine the beautiful soaking of Love that would occur in the world around us!

“Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.” — 1 John 4:7-12

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Do you Hate someone?

What I’m chewing on today: 1 John 4:11, 19-21


Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
We love because he first loved us. Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister.

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I don’t think we all have to like each other or even agree with each other… but we have to love each other. And in this passage, we see that the opposite of loving someone is hating them. No in between. So what does it mean to hate others? What does that look like in our lives today?

Imagine a person you don’t like at all. Someone you vehemently disagree with morally, spiritually, and politically. Got them in mind? Now imagine that you’ve found them hurt and dying by the side of the road. Do you help them… or leave them to die?


About 2,000 years ago, that same scenario was addressed when an expert theologian asked Jesus an important question. He asked, “What must I do in order to inherit eternal life?”


Jesus didn’t give him a long list of things to do. He asked a question that fell well within theologian’s circle of knowledge. “What is written in the Law?” Jesus asked. “How do you read it?”


The guy, probably feeling pretty good about himself and his understanding of scripture replied, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”


“You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”

So… Jesus affirmed that the theologian had the right answer. But at that moment, the man had questions. Perhaps his mind filled with images of the people in his life that he did not love as he loved himself. People he considered dirty. People that he didn’t even consider people. In his heart, they weren’t worthy of love from him…and certainly not love from God. So this happened…


“But the man wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?””


As always, Jesus knew the subtext of the man’s question. He knew the fella’s internal struggle.


In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32 So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’
“Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?” Jesus asked.


The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”
Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”

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I can imagine the theologian sighing and wish he hadn’t asked the question. But he did… and now we have the answer, too.


Are we willing to leave our “enemy” by the side of the road? Or are we willing to “go and do likewise” by choosing love and mercy over hate? How do we love in daily situations that don’t involve “road side” emergencies? What does that look like?


I think the answer can be found in I Corinthians 13: 4-7. But it’s also hard a hard pill to swallow. So I’m just gonna leave this right here… and chew on it a little more.


“Love is large and incredibly patient.Love is gentle and consistently kind to all. It refuses to be jealous when blessing comes to someone else. Love does not brag about one’s achievements nor inflate its own importance. Love does not traffic in shame and disrespect, nor selfishly seek its own honor. Love is not easily irritated or quick to take offense. Love joyfully celebrates honesty and finds no delight in what is wrong. Love is a safe place of shelter,for it never stops believing the best for others.Love never takes failure as defeat, for it never gives up.” (The Passion Translation)